How to E-Scout for Turkeys

By Josh HoneycuttMarch 25, 2024

March is here. Gobblers are screaming from treetops. Hens are starting to get sassy. And Meleagris gallopavo love is in the air. Likewise, pre-season turkey scouting is in full swing. Here’s how to make the most of it with the help of the HuntStand app.

Step 1: The “Property Info” Layer Is the Ticket to Great Private

How To Scout Turkeys With Huntstand

Those who plan to find new private land access might consider using the “Property Info” app tool in HuntStand. This option allows app users to learn the names and mailing addresses of landowners. Of course, that is, if their info is listed. Then, you can use this information to either go and knock on doors or send letters requesting hunting permission or a possible lease agreement. If you’re serious about buying the property, you might even approach them about purchasing it.

Step 2: Tap the “Hunting Lands” and “Public Lands” Layers to Find Good Public

Two HuntStand layers are especially tailored for finding public land hunting access. These include the “Hunting Lands” and “Public Lands” layers. These help locate potential tracts of land that are open to hunting. Of course, once you find these tracts, conduct additional research. Find dedicated webpages for these public parcels. Sometimes, these might be managed via quota hunts, draw hunts, youth hunts, etc. Check for necessary tags, passes, and other rules to access the property.

How To Scout Turkeys With Huntstand

Step 3: Use the Best Aerial and Topography Layers

Numerous HuntStand layers are great for identifying key aerial- and topography-based terrain features. “Satellite,” “Mapbox Satellite,” and “National Aerial Imagery” are two-dimensional HuntStand layers that are optimized for finding terrain-based land features that might harbor more birds. The “Contour” and “Terrain” layers do the same, but aid in pinpointing topography-based hotspots for turkeys.

Step 4: Get a Good “3D” Look

On a similar note, the 3D layer offers the best of both worlds. It provides the three-dimensional look that eliminates the need for understanding how to read topo lines. It also maintains the aerial view which showcases habitat-based land features.

Step 5: Check the Real-Time View

The land can stay the same for years, until it doesn’t. Large-scale changes happen to land more often than we realize, and HuntStand offers an app layer that focuses on just that. The “Monthly Satellite Layer” updates monthly, which helps app users see changes in as real-time as possible without being on the tract.

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Step 6: Log the Sign

Sign is almost as important as sightings. Drop pins for tracks, feathers, dust bowls, wing drag marks, and more. Continue to add to your notes as pre-season scouting wraps up and hunting season kicks off. Use that information once the season opens to help make your daily hunt game plans.

Step 7: Mark the “Sightings”

While scouting, it’s crucial to mark the sightings you find in the field. Place pins for roost trees, spotted gobblers, heard gobbles, etc. This will help make plans for turkey season this year, and even beyond.

How To Scout Turkeys With Huntstand

Step 8: Run Some Integrated Trail Cameras

Trail cameras aren’t just for deer hunting. These are ideal for pre-season turkey scouting, too. Better yet, if you’re Muddy and Stealth Cam cellular cameras are integrated with HuntStand, you can analyze each trail camera photo for the exact spots they’re being taken in.


Step 9: Utilize the “Offline Maps” Feature

Some turkey hunting lands are in areas with quality cell service. Others aren’t, though. That’s why it’s crucial to save Offline Map versions of turkey hunting properties, private and public alike, especially new ones where you aren’t sure if the cell service will be sufficient or not. Then, if you don’t need it, and you need the space on your device, remove the offline map.

Step 10: Check Off Your “Tasks”

HuntStand offers a tool that allows users to keep track of their “Tasks.” For a pre-season turkey scouter, this might range from listening near known roost sites, scouting areas for key sign, marking gobblers sighted, listing gobbles heard, and more. But this tool can ensure you don’t forget to finish something important

Pull It All Together

Without question, turkey hunters were conducting pre-season scouting efforts long before HuntStand hit the market. Turkeys were scouted, and turkeys were killed. And the turkey breast and drumsticks tasted good.

But it’s also without question that HuntStand makes pre-season turkey scouting better, and in most instances, more effective. So, consider your pre-season turkey scouting using HuntStand this year. It just might lead to the best season of your life.

Watch the video below as Dan Richardson goes head to head with some tough turkeys when he found the right spot to be. 

Josh Honeycutt
Josh Honeycutt is an avid deer hunter. He's hunted whitetails from South Carolina to South Dakota but spends most of his time hunting in Kentucky. Honeycutt has written and created other forms of media for more than 60 media companies in the outdoor industry, including: North American Whitetail, Whitetail Journal, Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Deer & Deer Hunting, Rack Magazine, Inside Archery, Game & Fish, Fur-Fish-Game, and others. He's also very active in digital content, specializing in writing, editing, photography, videography, podcasting, and more. You can see how his deer season unfolds each year on Midwest Whitetail and Chasing November.
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